Emotional responses to filmed violence and the eye blink startle response

Koukounas, Eric and McCabe, Marita 2001, Emotional responses to filmed violence and the eye blink startle response, Journal of interpersonal violence, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 476-488.

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Title Emotional responses to filmed violence and the eye blink startle response
Author(s) Koukounas, Eric
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of interpersonal violence
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 476
End page 488
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication [Beverly Hills, CA]
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0886-2605
1552-6518
Summary The study assessed gender differences in emotional responses to violent film. Both subjective emotional response and eye blink startle magnitude were assessed while 20 men and 20 women viewed a series of five violent film segments and five nature scenes. Participants exhibited higher levels of curiosity, anxiety, disgust, and anger, and lower levels of positive emotion and boredom in response to the violent film segments in comparison with the nature material. Startle response was magnified during the violent film segments, indicating an aversive response. Evidence that men and women responded to the violence differently was demonstrated by men' experiencing greater positive feelings, entertainment, and curiosity in relation to the violent film, whereas women reported more disgust, boredom, anger, and experienced greater startle in relation to the violent scenes portrayed in the film. Future directions for investigating filmed violence are outlined.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001181

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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